Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.95
Liaison John Alejandro
Submission Date March 11, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of San Diego
OP-21: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Barney Holland
Environ & Safety Specialist
Environmentl Health and Safety
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Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

As an educational institution, hazardous materials such as laboratory chemicals as well as a large amount of equipment such as lamps and computers which may become universal waste, and materials such as grounds keeping / cleaning chemicals are required and present on campus. However there are established procedures managed by the USD Environmental Health and Safety Office to manage these, remove accumulated material in a timely manner and minimize their impact as waste. For an example universal waste will be labeled with the accumulation date (when they become waste) and disposed within one year.

A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

Waste is collected, packaged, labelled (e.g. universal waste) and maintained in a leak free state. Each department disposes its hazardous waste through external contracting companies that specialize in hazardous waste management. Universal waste (such as used fluorescent tubes) will also be labeled with the accumulation date and must be disposed within one year. These are collected and handled by Building Maintenance. Used batteries are collected by the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Electronic waste is collected by the USD E-waste recycling center, who will process out any reusable equipment. All these items are safely removed from campus and disposed in line with regulatory requirements by external contracting companies that specialize in hazardous waste management. Relevant employees (Facilities Management as well as departments such as Chemistry and Biology) are formally trained in hazardous waste management and materials handling, coordinating with emergency services in case of emergencies, and emergency response plans.

The website URL where information about hazardous materials management is available:
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